Through My Bible Yr 03 – May 20

Psalm 11 – 12

Through My Bible – May 20

Psalm 11 – 12 (EHV)

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Psalm 11

Faith, Not Flight


For the choir director. By David.

The Fear of the Fainthearted

In the Lord I take refuge.
How can you say to my soul:
“Flee to your mountain like a bird.
Look! The wicked bend their bow.
They set their arrow against the string
    to shoot in the darkness at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being torn down,
    what can the righteous do?”

David’s Answer

The Lord is in his holy temple.
The Lord is on his throne in heaven.
His eyes observe.
He focuses on [1] the children of Adam. [2]
The Lord is righteous.
He examines the wicked.
He really hates [3] those who love violence.
On the wicked he will rain down fiery coals and sulfur. [4]
A scorching wind will be the cup given to them.
Indeed, the Lord is righteous. He loves righteousness.
The upright will view his face.

Psalm 12

Proud Words vs. Pure Words


For the choir director. According to sheminith. [5] A psalm by David.

The Proud Words of the Ungodly

Save us, Lord, for the merciful have disappeared.
The faithful have vanished from among mankind.

Everyone speaks falsehood to his neighbor.
Their flattering lips speak double-talk. [6]
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips.
May he cut off every tongue that speaks boastfully,
which says, “With our tongues we will establish our power.
We say what we please. [7] Who is lord over us?”

The Pure Words of the Lord

“Because of the destruction of the oppressed,
because of the groaning of the poor,
now I will rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will keep him safe from the one who puffs against him.” [8]
The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
You, Lord, will keep them safe.
You will protect them from such people forever.
The wicked strut around
    when depravity is honored by the children of Adam.


  1. Psalm 11:4 Literally his eyelids test
  2. Psalm 11:4 Or sons of man, that is, all mankind
  3. Psalm 11:5 Literally his soul hates
  4. Psalm 11:6 The Hebrew text reads snares, fire, and sulfur. The translation follows one Greek version, which inverts two letters in one Hebrew word, changing snares to fiery coals.
  5. Psalm 12:1 Sheminith is apparently derived from the Hebrew word for eight. It may refer to an eight-stringed instrument, to the bass voice, to low-pitched stringed instruments, or, most likely, to a method for tuning a stringed instrument (1 Chronicles 15:21).
  6. Psalm 12:2 Literally speak with a heart and a heart
  7. Psalm 12:4 Literally our lips are with us
  8. Psalm 12:5 Or in the safety he desires

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